Airfix has re-released their 1/144 scale Vickers Vanguard kit, and it is in stock at AHS. It has been released with decals for BEA’s iconic ‘Red Square’ livery and with Invicta International markings. It is kit AFX-03171.
This was always a decent kit, this release being moulded with light grey plastic, and including transparent parts for all the cockpit and cabin windows. I couldn’t find any flash on either the parts or the sprues, not bad for a 50 year old mould! The decal is very nicely done, includes all cheat lines, door outlines, etc crisply printed. The registration for the BEA (G-APEL) aircraft is printed in white requiring that the black band be painted on the fin.
One disappointment, especially given that Airfix has been working hard to improve a lot of their military re-releases, is that three of the four forward engine cowls continue to be a poor fit the the section of cowl moulded on the wings. Perhaps on of our resin parts makers will step in with a set that fit a little better?
I have just been advised by Volusion, the ISP that supports and hosts the AHS estore, that they are upgrading the TLS security all such websites by June 30th 2015.
See here for full details.
What does it mean for you, our customer. You will need to either upgrade your browser (e.g. Internet Explorer 11), or update settings in IE 10 or lower if you don’t want to see an unexpected security error message during checkout. Similar updates are probably needed if you use Chrome, Modzilla, FireFox, or some other browser.
The much anticipated new mould Douglas Dakota Mk.IV (aka C.47) is now available. It is an impressive kit, featuring a reasonably detailed cargo interior, cockpit, ‘weighted’ tires, recessed panel lines, and much more.
The decal provided is for a Dakota in services with BOAC during the second World War, and for a freight aircraft in service with Dan Air London.
Kit number is AFX-08015, click to find it in our estore.
The first Boeing 737-800(W) for the “new” Eastern Airlines was rolled out of a paint shop at Shannon, Ireland on November 4th 2014. It is, apparently, to be delivered to Miami by the first week of December, and will be used to complete FAA certification of the “new” airline. The first aircraft is registered N276EA and named “Spirit of Captain Eddie Rickenbacker”, it is the first of 10 ordered by Eastern. Photo by Malcolm Nason, see the full article here.
Personally, I think it’s great that Eastern has chosen to resurrect the classic scheme, and I am particularly happy to see they have chosen the “wide stripe” look over final scheme that saw the two stripes reduced in height, and placed below the cabin window line. Quick off the mark, TwoSix has already announced they are releasing the decal in 1/144 scale (TS44-724) . I am hoping they will also do so in 1/200 scale!
Two new kits in stock today!
First, the Zvezda Airbus A.320 kit, with Aeroflot markings has arrived. Search ZVE-7003.
Second, Minicraft’s KC.135R, with CFM56 engines, is in stock. See M14708.
Draw Decal has released another decal for the Boeing P-8A Poseidon, joining the sets previously released. Sheet 737-149 is for the US Navy Test and Evaluation Squadrons, VX-1 (Pioneers) and VX-20 (Force). Both are based at Naval Air Station Patuxent River in Maryland.
This decal is available in 1/144 scale (DW44-737-149) to fit a converted Revell Germany Boeing 737-800 kit, using the Contrails conversion (CM44-P8A-CONV, now discontinued), or the complete Contrails resin Poseidon kit. It is also available in 1/200 scale (DW20-737-149) to fit either the Contrails resin kit, or the soon to be released Hasegawa P-8A kit (HAS-10811).
Hasegawa has announced a 1/200 scale Boeing P.8A Poseidon kit, as HAS-10811. The kit will be released with US Navy VP-16 markings.
According to our distributors, the kit is expected to arrive in stock late February 2015. It is available for pre-order in our store, and will be shipped as soon as it arrives.
I have added more than 280 recently released decals from DRAW Decal, TwoSix and Vintage Flyer Decals this weekend. I’m continuing to work to add the images for them, this will probably take a week.
As it is time to renew our SSL Certificate (which ensures your private information is encrypted and kept secure), I took the opportunity to update the URL for the store to what I always intended it to be.
The ‘new’ URL for the store is www.airline-hobby-estore.com .
I believe I have updated all the links between this blog system and the store. If you are seeing any kind of error or misdirect when you click on one of the links (I did), please first try clearing your browser “cookies” – this fixed my problem. If your problem persists, please let me know.